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The perfect park???

Gold Medal – 100%

  • Measured equidistant from car park space sidelines to tyres, front and rear.
  • Measured equidistant from front and rear of the car to extremities of car park space.
  • Photographic evidence with a measurement display is required; measurement can be done with any item so long as it is consistent on all measurements.

A Grade – 90 to 99%

  • Eyeballed equidistant from car park space sidelines to tyres, front and rear.
  • Eyeballed equidistant from front and rear of the car to extremities of car park space.

B Grade – 75 to 89%

  • Only one of the A Grade criteria is met.
  • Car is centralised to the car park space.

C Grade – 50 to 74%

  • None of the A Grade criteria is met.
  • Car is centralised to the car park space.

Notes

  • To qualify for a score the park has to be made in one motion, adjusting the park disqualifies a score.
  • Apart from 100%, scoring is done without measurements.
  • Entry for scoring is completed by posting a photo with your self assessed score to Instagram with #CarParkingChampion included.
  • 100% requires photographic evidence of measurements.
  • 50% of your score is achieved by parking the vehicle within the parking space confines.
  • Focus on the centre of the parking spot, if it is a small spot and a large car you can still score high if the vehicle is centred and outside the lined confines of the parking space; central to the parking space is key.


How to discuss suicide options and save lives

I have been thinking these thoughts for a while, yes suicide has plagued me for nearly a decade.

Inspired by David Jam on LinkedIn sharing statistics about suicide in Australia, I decided I would write this post based on a conversation and thoughts I had recently, around the stigma of talking about death and the process of seeking help.

In our current society, thinking about suicide, and worse, talking about it, will get you a quick trip to a hospital, without even attempting it depending on your risk level.

Due to my own mental health and trying to learn more to help myself, I have completed a couple of courses including Mental Health First Aid and becoming a Positive Mental Health Champion at work for my colleagues.

The recent discussion and thoughts I had was around suicide and changing the wording, put simply, if we stopped using the term suicide and started educating the idea that if you are feeling like taking your own life is your best solution for your issues, then you go to your GP and tell them you would like to be euthanised.

The point of doing this is that it starts that process of investigation with the GP, with psychologists or psychiatrists, to determine why you feel that way.

My suspicion is we will help far more people this way who don’t really want to die, they just want to end the suffering.

There are going to be cases where terminal illness, no family and other factors are going to result in a compassionate consideration for allowing it to happen. Though not until all avenues are attempted to give the person a reason to live.

This change in attitude and seeking action would have to start with changing the laws to allow euthanasia, I think.

Legality of assisted dying in Australia
Legality of assisted dying in Australia (red = illegal; blue = legal)

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below and maybe there is something we can do to start this conversation for real or learn why this is not a good idea.